The Civil Rights movement was marked by daring leaders with differing opinions on how to fight for equality. Three such leaders were Martin Luther King Jr., believer in nonviolence and peaceful protest, Roy Wilkins, leader of the NAACP, and Fred Hampton, Blank Panther leader in Chicago. Three men, all important leaders for their communities and the nation, are documented in this pivotal black history collection.
Death of a Black Panther: The Fred Hampton Story
Length: 27 Minutes
Those in power fear those who have the clout to take that power. Fred Hampton was a powerful and expressive leader of the Black Panther organization in Chicago, Illinois, and was feared by the likes of J. Edgar Hoover because of his leadership skills; skills Hoover feared would see the government overthrown. “Death of a Black Panther: The Fred Hampton Story,” chronicles the raid and consequent trial that took Hampton’s life on December 4, 1969. The raid was a major source of controversy as many in the black community saw Hampton’s unsolicited death as blatant murder by a raciest and scared police force. Interviews with key members of the Black Panthers, the lawyer prosecuting the police officers in the raid, and key councilmen for the city of Chicago re-visit the struggles of the civil rights movement.
Martin Luther King Clip Reel
Length: 20 Minutes
Martin Luther King Jr. was a testament to the power of nonviolent protest to affect change. His, ‘I Have A Dream,’ speech wrote his name in the history books of moving, powerfully evocative orators and showed the coming change as a result of the Civil Rights Movement. “Martin Luther King Clip Reel,” is a montage of clips of Dr. King’s life, packaged for the Black History Month. Included is, a speech from his youngest son as Dr. King is honored with his own day, snippets of his famous speeches, a mural and bust created in his honor, and various speeches by leaders remembering the man who put human rights above his own life.
Roy Wilkins: The Right to Dignity
Length: 20 Minutes
“Roy Wilkins: The Right to Dignity,” explores the history of the NAACP and Roy Wilkins’ leadership during the hardest time of the Civil Rights movement. It shows important issues Wilkins and NAACP faced, such as Brown vs. The Board of Education, integrating schools, overcoming soldier blockades and racial discrimination, the March on Washington and breaking down the barriers of segregation. Wilkins’ legacy is one of equality, peace, opportunity and unbowed heads against the pressures of injustice.
THE DREAM OF KINGS
Length: 23 Minutes
Martin Luther King Jr’s dream was a dream of equality, where people were bound by love and compassion and not the color of their skin. “The Dream of Kings,” is a tribute to King’s legacy. It shows parts of his historic “I Have A Dream Speech,” and shows people’s reactions to hearing news that one of the greatest Civil Rights leaders of all times had been assassinated. Roy Wilkins, the leader of the NAACP, deplores people taking advantage of the chaos surrounding the assassination through looting stores and pays honor to one of the best orators and pacifists in American history.